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Acer Aspire 5542

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5542 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5542. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5542 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5542 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5542
ProcessorAMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-core processor : 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Processor : 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor : 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
ScreenMonitor Size and resolutions
15.6“ HD (1366 x 768)
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 4200
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB - 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksYou will need to install the proprietary ATI drivers for this to work
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 9.10.

Graphics

Most Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 9.10) don't support the ATI Radeon HD 4200. To get this working you need to install the proprietary ATI drivers. See the guides here for details on installing these on a variety of distributions.

With Ubuntu 9.10, make sure you use “Safe Graphics Mode” during installation or you will just get a blank screen when you first boot.

Touchpad

Avoid using the touchpad on/off feature of this laptop. If you turn it off you can't turn it on again without rebooting.

Summary

The Acer Aspire 5542 work well with Linux after installing the ATI drivers.


Discussion

Biggest_Baddest_Wolf, 2011/04/13 18:42

Juan Peròn's fix for the touchpad locking button works great on Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat as well.

In this case I wasn't certain if Gedit would work so I did this:
kdesudo dolphin

(navigate to /etc/default/grub and click it, this opened it in Kate.)

== Alternatively, I suppose easier would be to just do:
kdesudo kate /etc/default/grub

== In Kubuntu, always, ALWAYS make sure that you know when to use kdesudo (whenever wanting to sudo a gui-based kde program, use kdesudo !!!) and sudo.
Getting this mixed up can and will cause a lot of headache when you suddenly find that important files suddenly become read-only and you get a bunch of error messages which basically make your pretty kubuntu system into a pretty useless paperweight.
There are fixes for it that I found after a lot of googling, but which I forgot again, so fix 1 is and always will be, to not get those two commands mixed up.

invisiblesok, 2011/04/10 20:54

Большое спасибо.
была проблема с зависанием тачпада, но благодаря вам, все исправлено !! =)

Marcos, 2011/01/28 17:16

Juan Perón, al agregar 'i8042.nomux', funciona!. Pero, lo que ocurre ahora es que las flechitas del touchpad para subir y bajar, solo funcionan siempre bajando :|. Alguna posible solución en mente?. Gracias.

MrCraig, 2010/10/21 20:56


Hi, I had the same issue with the soundcard jacks as chris. Plugging in a hdmi monitor appears to have no effect. Under ubuntu 10, out of the box the wifi is unstable (ath9k driver) - using Wicd allows for quick reconnects but it takes several attempts before seeming stable and then can be upset by a download.

I did get the mic working using alsamixer at the terminal to unmute the front mic - but again the jacks don't retarget the mic and though I know it's possible I've not stored the settings yet so have to do this each time I want to use it.

All in all, I'm feeling like the 5542 is not a great laptop for linux :-( or maybe it's my choice of distro? Any help with these faults would be appreciated.

Konkor, 2010/11/18 11:42

Try Debian Sqeezy for this laptop!!!

MrCraig, 2010/10/21 20:55


Hi, I had the same issue with the soundcard jacks as chris. Plugging in a hdmi monitor appears to have no effect. Under ubuntu 10, out of the box the wifi is unstable (ath9k driver) - using Wicd allows for quick reconnects but it takes several attempts before seeming stable and then can be upset by a download.

I did get the mic working using alsamixer at the terminal to unmute the front mic - but again the jacks don't retarget the mic and though I know it's possible I've not stored the settings yet so have to do this each time I want to use it.

All in all, I'm feeling like the 5542 is not a great laptop for linux :-( or maybe it's my choice of distro? Any help with these faults would be appreciated.

Juan Perón, 2011/12/28 21:12

You can correct the sound issues in Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10 and 10.10 (and above) on the Acer 5542 laptop forcing the HDA Intel audio driver for it. You can do that following these instructions:

First go to console and use this command to open the ALSA sound configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

The file should have several lines on it.

Second, you must copy these lines and paste them AT THE END OF THAT FILE.

# Código peronista para que funcione el micrófono:
#options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.Z0J4Co96n9E (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
#alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1

Once you have done that, you can can save the file and restart your computer.

Sebastian Eslea Burch, 2010/10/06 13:13

Hey,

Thanks for the wiki, great work. I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Linux LTS on Acer Aspire 5542 and I have three major problems I cant resolve… (I'm only a great ubuntu lover but no genius)

1. The sound card has never been recognized and I'm always having problems with it, both with the double input and output.
2. The camera freezes when I use it with skype
3. I have exactly the problem previously mentioned with the touchpad and the touchpad button.

Hope to hear from someone,

Konkor, 2010/09/23 07:58

With pulseaudio in Ubuntu 10.04 and OpenSUSE 11.3 dont work good for me. Too many issues with microphone in all VoIP programms (skype,ekiga,empathy, Google iTalk).

PS: On Debian Squeezy, it's work fine. But debian not stable yet. :(

Chris, 2010/08/09 10:33

One problem I faced with Linux 10 on the Aspire 5542 was that the sound jacks on the side doesn't work like in Windows, and if you plug in a jack, the speakers still make sounds, also you cannot re-direct sound via the HDMI port, though it says it is, it plays it via the laptop speakers.

Any fixes?

Chris

Juan Perón, 2011/12/28 21:06

You can correct the sound issues in Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10 and 10.10 (and above) on the Acer 5542 laptop forcing the HDA Intel audio driver for it. You can do that following these instructions:

First go to console and use this command to open the ALSA sound configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

The file should have several lines on it.

Second, you must copy these lines and paste them AT THE END OF THAT FILE.

# Código peronista para que funcione el micrófono:
#options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.Z0J4Co96n9E (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
#alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1

Once you have done that, you can can save the file and restart your computer.

Alfred, 2010/03/06 23:59

Hey Juan,

I don't know who you are but you're one hell of a genius. I've just spent like 3 hours looking for touchpad solution both on the Internet and Ubuntu forum but found nothing. But here you are with your simple-script solution and it works like a goddamn charm. Can't stop myself from playing with the touchpad button now lol.
Thanks ever so much. I totally bow towards you, mate :) Cheers.

Best regards.

Turi, 2014/05/31 18:58

Can not agree more. Thank you so much Juan.

Turi, 2014/05/31 18:59

I can also confirm this fix for Mint 16

Juan Peròn, 2010/02/28 22:24

You can make work the Acer 5542 touchpad in Ubuntu Karmic following this instructions:

Open a terminal and type:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

The gedit text editor will open. You should search this line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash”

and replace it adding i8042.nomux variable as follows:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash i8042.nomux”

Save the file.

Now in the console type

sudo update-grub

When completed, restart your computer.

Juan Perón, 2011/12/28 21:02

You can correct the sound issues in Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10 and 10.10 (and above) on the Acer 5542 laptop forcing the HDA Intel audio driver for it. You can do that following these instructions:

First go to console and use this command to open the ALSA sound configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

The file should have several lines on it.

Second, you must copy these lines and paste them AT THE END OF THAT FILE.

# Código peronista para que funcione el micrófono:
#options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.Z0J4Co96n9E (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
#alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1

Once you have done that, you can can save the file and restart your computer.

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